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(posted: November 23rd, 2016)
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend! Maybe you spent time with your loved ones, ate your favorite foods, or perhaps even watched some football? Whichever traditions you enjoy at this holiday, I'm sure that you were grateful, or gave thanks, or counted your blessings.
Now that it's past and we are back to work, instead of jumping straight into the regular daily routine, let's take a moment and think about how we can bring that once-a-year gratitude to every single day of our lives.
Expressing gratitude has tangible benefits for you personally, like reducing stress and helping you become more resilient. But gratitude can also benefit leaders and their organizations.
In a business and leadership context, genuine expressions of gratitude can go a long way to building trust, developing loyal, engaged employees, and retaining those employees. Most people don't require big gestures or expensive gift items. A heartfelt expression of thanks, carefully tailored to the individual, or a small handwritten note, can have an enormous impact. The key to having a positive effect is to make sure your focus is on the other, not yourself.
"Gratitude is an other-focused emotion, where we're focused on what someone else has done for us. If we focus on that, I think authentic gratitude naturally results."
~Philip Watkins, gratitude researcher
Like so many other things, our ability to be grateful benefits from regular, mindful practice. The good news is, the practice of gratitude can be very simple and still be effective.
Here I've listed 30 quotes on gratitude and thanks as inspiration to get you started on the path. At the end of the post I've also included further reading and some resources that can help you cultivate gratitude.
Gratitude Journal: Keep a journal every day, for yourself, or to give to someone special.
I started one several years ago for my daughter, and it's become an annual tradition. Each day for a year I write my thoughts of gratitude and appreciation in a nice notebook. Then, at Thanksgiving or Christmas, I give the completed notebook to my daughter. The practice has evolved to include "magic" moments, important events that I think she would like to remember later on. Both of us look forward to it each year!
Here are a few more resources: